Carolina Hurricanes vs.  Buffalo Sabers Betting Preview

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabers Betting Preview

Hurricanes vs. Sabers Odds

Hurricanes Odds -250
Sabers Odds +200
Over / Under 6
Time 7 pm ET
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The Hurricanes will continue their pursuit of a second consecutive Metropolitan Division title Tuesday in Buffalo. The Sabers have been in a considerably scrappy run of play however and have been far from a pushover lately.

Can the Sabers play the role of spoiler at home on Tuesday?

Hurricanes Defense Thriving

Carolina continues to play like a true cup contender and features three lines that should carry much more of the play Tuesday in Buffalo.

The Hurricanes have the league’s top Penalty Kill and have done a great job of limiting shots on goal. This has played a significant role in both of their goaltenders having excellent bounce-back seasons this year. They have clearly been one of more elite defensive clubs this season and have a 2.79 Expected Goals Against rating over the last 10 games.

A 56.95 Expected Goals rate in that span illustrates the consistency we are used to seeing from Rod Brind’Amour’s deep and well rounded team. Expect them to come in and take care of business here as they look to lock up home ice in round one.

Is the Recent Sabers Form For Real?

The Sabers have been in far better form of late than we have seen much of the season. They put together a memorable win Friday over Nashville in honor of legendary Sabers commentator Rick Jeanneret.

You can see the buy-in from many of the Sabers’ young players, and with a ton of players under 25 making a difference, the future looks bright for Sabers fans.

But even over this improved run of play, the Sabers hold just a 46.55 Expected Goals Rate over their last 10 games. Considering the less-than-stellar goaltending most nights from Dustin Tokarski and Craig Anderson, we should see some regression down the stretch. Anderson, who has a -4.9 Goals Saved Above Expected rating this season, will likely get the start here.

Hurricanes vs. Sabers Pick

With complete respect to the Sabers’ vastly improved play, the Hurricanes should control this one comfortably and create enough chances to cover this puck-line.

The Sabers have mainly hung around in contests where the offense scored efficiently, but it’s quite unlikely we see the them create many quality looks against the Hurricanes.

Much of Carolina’s recent improved scoring has come via the Power Play as well, but they will face one of the better Penalty Killing units in recent history here.

Should the Sabers receive yet another less-than-stellar goaltending performance here, it should be quite troublesome. It’s a pretty safe bet that the Canes will generate 30 or more shots in this one, and the Hurricanes’ ability to generate shots should be especially effective here.

Something like 4-2 Carolina is what I am imagining here, and at +105, I am happy to back a Canes win by two or more and would play the Canes -1.5 down to -110 odds.

Pick: Carolina -1.5 (+105 | Play to -110)

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